April 23, 2005
Cambridge, Mass. - The Institute's track and field programs capped its regular season with a commanding performance at the MIT Co-Ed Invitational. The women's unit won nine events during Saturday's competition, while the men captured 14 first-place finishes in a soggy Steinbrenner Stadium.
The middle distances propelled the women's attack as Erika Erickson and Julia Espel led impressive sweeps. Erickson went 2:24.38 to pace a 1-2-3 finish in the 800, while Espel outkicked Kristen Burrall to win the 1500 with a time of 4:59.50. The first five finishers in the 1500 all donned the Cardinal and Gray.
Karen Davie served as the Engineers only dual winner on the women's side as the Tech rookie soared to easy wins in the long and triple jump.
The men's team continued its impressive march to the postseason by dominating nearly every event. While times and performances were hampered by poor weather conditions, the mighty Engineers still flexed their muscle.
Uzoma Orji won three events in the second straight meet, outclassing the field in the shot put, hammer and weight throw. The field events picked up additional wins in familiar places as Nate Ball took top honors in the pole vault, while Nestor Hernandez and Makinde Adeagbo won the long jump and triple jump, respectively.
MIT was just as impressive on the track, winning every event from 100-1500 meters. Zach Traina and David Blau charged up the sprint corps, with Kenny Roche (400), Brain Anderson (800) and Ben Schmeckpeper (1500) all breaking the tape in their events.